Dec 04, 2020  
2020-21 BTC Catalog 
2020-21 BTC Catalog


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A certificate in Phlebotomy will provide the student a background in basic anatomy/physiology, medical terminology, medical office procedures, and phlebotomy skills. This program also includes an externship experience at a clinical facility where students must perform successful venipuncture and blood draws on at least 100 patients. Once completed, students are eligible to apply for State licensure as a Health Care Assistant, Level A.

Program Outcomes

  • Perform venous and capillary invasive procedures for blood withdrawal. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills for entry level competency as a Category “A” Health Care Assistant, per guidelines outline in WAC 246-826-130.
  • Properly administer appropriate approved drugs per topical, rectal, otic, ophthalmic, and inhaled routes.
  • Interpret the Washington State Health Care Assistant Law and, how it applies to the phlebotomist with 80% accuracy.
  • Describe the phlebotomist’s role in a medical lab setting with 80% accuracy.
  • State eight rules for safety within the laboratory with 100% accuracy.
  • Explain the disease cycle of infectious pathogens with 80% accuracy.
  • Select appropriate PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), demonstrate proper hand washing technique and safe removal of contaminated gloves with 100% accuracy.
  • Explain the purpose and mission of OSHA/WSAH and Universal Precautions, define “CLIA 88” as it applies to phlebotomists, and explain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with 80% accuracy.
  • Define quality control and state the principle of quality assurance with 80% accuracy.
  • Define the difference between arteries, veins and capillaries; describe the different cells and components of blood and their functions, with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Define the difference between serum and plasma with 100% accuracy.
  • Identify the different supplies and equipment used in venipuncture and capillary collection with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Demonstrate proper, safe, and successful venipuncture with at least 80% accuracy.
  • List the most frequently encountered medical/physiological complications of venipuncture, and explain preventative measures and appropriate treatment for each with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Explain the most common causes, and remedies, of a “short” draw or no blood collected during venipuncture, list the four most common reasons for specimen rejection by the laboratory, and discuss preventative measures with at least 80% accuracy.

Placement Requirements

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills score of 71 or higher.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and minimum grade of C/2.0 for required courses.

Additional Requirements

Prior to registration for PLEB 100, admitted students must complete and submit evidence of the following requirements:

  • Criminal background check.
  • 11-panel drug screen.
  • Immunization record tracking

NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents.

Students may be required to travel to Skagit County for clinical placement.



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